see helmut that is exactly what I need to do is replace the entire bottom ball joint currently in the A- arm. but the room between the cv-boot and top of ball joint doesn't allow for a traditional c-clamp style ball joint remover. the only problem i am seeing is the ball joint remover recommended in the service manual is a 28 mm opening and I can't find an aftermarket ball joint remover with that big of an opening, biggest I have been able to find is 22 mm, and I am not sure if it will be big enough. I am guessing I will have to get a ruler and measure the size of the ball joint to be sure. I also have another question. I noticed one of the ball joints going then i went on a little joy ride (not really pushing it out of second gear because I just wanted to go through some mud, but i noticed the front end got looser and then all of the sudden the front end started locking up. if I stopped and got off then lifted the front end it appeared to solve the problem and what I noticed is the the rubber from the worn ball joint got completely torn off in my joyride which made all the front end play really bad so what I think is the knuckle or whatever was pulling the axle and driveshaft from the differential and then it was popping back in causing the jerk and then seize. it went away while I limped home in first gear but I am curious if it likely caused any damage to my diff? any ideas?